Astros take first of four against Chicago

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 3-0 win

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Back at home for ten games, the Astros looked to start the long homestand with a win over the White Sox to start their four-game series. Here's a recap of Monday night's game:

Final Score: Astros 3, White Sox 0

Record: 32-16, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.59 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Ryan Burr (1-1, 3.86 ERA).

1) Peacock with five strong innings in win 

Brad Peacock threw his third consecutive start with one run or less, holding the White Sox scoreless over five innings of work. He looked on track to go longer, but a long fifth inning ended his night early. Peacock's final line: 5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks, and an impressive 9 strikeouts.

2) Bullpen tasked with four more innings

Despite Peacock having a strong outing, it was still only five innings, resulting in the bullpen being asked to cover four innings to close out the win. Chris Devenski pitched a scoreless sixth by working around a two-out single, then Will Harris worked around two two-out singles for a scoreless seventh.

Ryan Pressly took over in the eighth, and to no surprise provided yet another scoreless inning. In the ninth, Roberto Osuna converted his twelfth save of the season to complete the shutout.

3) Three runs is enough

With the White Sox held scoreless by Houston, the Astros didn't need much offense to get the job done on Monday night. Carlos Correa hit what would be the eventual winning run on a sac fly in the bottom of the first, putting Houston up 1-0. They added two insurance runs, both on solo homers, one by Jake Marisnick in the third and the other by Tyler White in the fourth, his first of the year.

Up Next: The Astros and White Sox will get game two of this series underway tomorrow night at 7:10 PM. Houston will have their ace, Justin Verlander (7-1, 2.38 ERA), on the mound to pitch opposite of Dylan Covey (0-2, 4.41 ERA) for Chicago.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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